Many third-level college students will return to campuses across the country this Monday as Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris pledges government support.
Harris stated that all college campuses will have a return to onsite learning while wishing all students and staff the best for the reopening.
Harris stated on social media, “This Monday, many third-level students will return to college campuses – for some, it’ll be the first time in over a year, for others it will be the first time ever.”
Expressing excitement towards the reopening, Harris stated, “Students who’ve been doing college at the kitchen table will now be going back to college” while adding, “I’m sure the parents would like to get the kitchen table back as well”.
He added that the government will support both further and higher education with the return to on-site learning in every way that it can.
Harris stated that this government support will come in the form of extra funding, public health advice, further mental health and wellbeing funding, vaccine pop up clinics and rapid testing projects.
Free face coverings will also be offered to students, as well as college campuses being located within close proximity to PCR test centres.
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan endorsed the reopening, and the current health measures in place for lecture halls are being reviewed as restrictions are eased by the end of October.